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While many interviewees for veterinary roles spend time fretting about the questions they will be asked by their interviewer and mentally composing suitable responses, savvy candidates turn the conundrum on its head.
If you have a list of questions ready to ask the interviewer, you will not only be able to find out more about the practice you could be joining, but you will also impress your potential employer with your candour.
Here are five great questions to ask when attending a veterinary interview:
1. What qualities are you looking for in the ideal candidate for this post?
The answer to this question sets you up perfectly to illustrate just how you fit the bill. When responding to their answer, use stories and examples of your previous experience to illustrate how you meet the criteria.
2. What would make up a typical working day or week for this position?
The response this question elicits will give you a clear idea of whether the post is what you’re looking for. For example – if you want to work in a mixed practice, but the interviewer says you will primarily be looking after small animals – this opportunity might not be your ideal job after all.
3. What do you enjoy most about working here?
Use the interviewer’s answer to gauge whether they are on the same page as you when it comes to job satisfaction. You might also want to ask how long they have been at the practice and what has made them stay for so long.
4. What single word best describes the culture and working environment of the practice?
Again, the answer to this question will determine whether the vibe of the practice is what you’re looking for. Do you want to work in an environment that is challenging or varied? Perhaps fun is more important to you?
5. How do you see this role developing over the next couple of years?
This question opens up the discussion and allows you to explore what opportunities there are for promotion, further training and even a partnership in years to come.
Your vet job interview is not just a forum that allows the interviewer to give you a thorough grilling; it is also your chance to find out whether the job, practice ethos and work prospects are what you are looking for.